Costco Generators Recalled Because of Possible Fuel Leaks

The generators, sold between December 2011 and July 2012, are at risk of leaking fuel, which poses a fire hazard.

Champion Power Equipment has recalled about 8,600 portable generators sold exclusively at Costco locations from December 2011 to July 2012 because fuel can leak from the generators' carburetor, posing a fire hazard.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 11 reports of fuel leaks from the generators catching fire. Two of the fires caused property damage.

The commission recommends that anyone who owns one of the affected generators stop using it immediately and contact the company for a free repair kit that can be installed by an authorized dealer or return the generator to Costco for a full refund.

Champion, based in Santa Fe Springs, CA, is recalling two models, both of which have a black frame with black and yellow control panels, two wheels and a bar handle.

According to the CPSC:

Model number 41332 has an open frame. The words "Champion Power Equipment" are on the control panel and "8250 starting watts" and "6500 running watts" are on the side of the fuel tank.

Model number 41532 has side panels that cover the long sides of the fuel tank. The words "Champion Power Equipment" are on the side panel above the control panel, and "9000 starting watts" and "7000 running watts" are on the control panel.

The model number and serial number are located on the side of the generator with the handle, on a tag on the crossbar above the yellow generator end cap.

To contact the company, call toll-free at 855-236-9424, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, e-mail support@cpeauto.com, or visit the website online at www.championpowerequipment.com, then click on the red "Important Product Recall Notice" link for more information.

greencap November 04, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Let me guess where these were made
mary ann November 04, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Hmmm. Now if you don't have electricity which means you can't connect to the Internet, you don't have TV to hear about this recall and you are setting up your new generator today, I guess you are in a dangerous situation!!! Of course, you won't know that!! (Since you can't read this.) I hope you have a newspaper and can read about it. Gee, did someone say newspapers are obsolete???
mjt November 05, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I love that somehow the folks in charge have been distributing all the important info via social media and the internet. NJ has even decided that solving the problem of voters who have no access to voting should do so by applying for an ELECTRONIC ballot by EMAIL! This is a solution for people with no power? As you said, they can't see the tv to hear the governor or connect to the internet. So they don't know they can vote this way. I don't think people are thinking at all.
localguy November 05, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I hope this problem is really fixed on the newer ones. Costco had a skid of these this afternoon and they were flying out the door. a couple of people had 2 of them.


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